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Posted September 10, 2015 - 08:09 PM

I had some flowers bloom and saw a 'hummer' feeding on them. So I bought a feeder and some mix to get them started. I am in awe of these little critters and hope I get to see more of them around! I'll get pics tomorrow of the feeder, maybe a 'hummer' will be there!


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Posted September 10, 2015 - 08:16 PM

Cup of sugar and 4 cups of water. Saves a lot of money.
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Posted September 10, 2015 - 08:20 PM

I just bought the mix to start with as it is red in the feeder. I just want the option to sit and watch them as they are so cool! Thanks!


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Posted September 10, 2015 - 09:06 PM

I agree Mr P, we love to sit and watch them all summer here in PA, but they will soon be ready to head south for the year!!


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Posted September 10, 2015 - 09:12 PM

Ours have headed south.
Maybe ours have found you. :D


Oh, and :ditto: on the formula above, just add red food coloring.
Also, heating it to mix makes it much easier to get the sugar in.
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Posted September 10, 2015 - 10:51 PM

They are a lot of fun to watch. My Hippie made feeder(40+ years old) hangs just outside the window behind my monitor. It is suprising how agressive they get with each other. We will be losing ours in the next two weeks. When refilling besure to clean the feeder well but do not use any chemicals. I use an old toothbrush and lots of hot water.

 

Watch NOVA for the episode about Humming Birds, it is well done. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 04:22 AM

My step-daughter has humming-birds around her home.

Recently she got video of one landing on her finger and sitting there for a minute or so!


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 06:44 AM

Ours have all packed up and gone south as well. Amazing that they can travel thousands of miles twice a year. 


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 07:02 AM

We having them move through this area.  I replaced the food in all 5 feeders yesterday.  Had a few around in the morning but didn't see any yesterday evening.  Helps to have trees or bushes fairly close to the feeders too.  They love to sit on the dead little limbs and guard their feeder.  The last few weeks we have had Baltimore and Orchard Orioles at the feeders also.  They normally don't use feeders in the fall, only during the nesting season.


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 08:32 AM

Very cool. Never had much luck attracting them here. My brother on Virginia's eastern Shore has tons of them. If you stand real still, they'll flit around you. Enjoy!

 

Oh, and thanks for the tips, all.


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 09:02 AM

Had one out there just a while ago! He drank a little and flitted about checking the flag and other trees, but came back to the feeder several times. :dancingbanana:


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 09:10 AM

That's nice to hear Kenny.  They are interesting to watch.  I'm planning to put up a feeder next year at the camp and the house.  

 

Thanks for the tips on the syrup.


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 09:29 AM

Here's a pic of the feeder.

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I was given this small pump the other day. It is all cast iron. I want to set it up under my windmill at some point. I would like to find a small tank and run a pump for water to come out the spout. It is hollow inside, so I just need to thread a tube through there for the water to come out.

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Posted September 11, 2015 - 02:34 PM

They are great to watch. Often come into the garage to check out the red handle. Been told that red food coloring can be harmful to them. Get the approved mix that's already got the approved coloring.

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Posted September 11, 2015 - 03:59 PM

We have been using the dye for literally two decades. Just enough to make it red, not opaque.
This sounds like another DDT debacle IMHO.

The mixes have the same dye (number 40) that you would be putting in from the little dropper bottle. There are also no clinical trials that show any evidence that the little boogers are being hurt.

Believe me when I say that if I thought I was hurting these wonderful little sometime distractions, I would stop putting in the dye.
Also, some studies show that they prefer the red dye others say no. My personal experience is that with 4 feeders, the ones with the dye empty first. Draw your own conclusions.
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